Interning For Organizing 2.0 Is Amazeballs

amazeballsHere at Organizing 2.0 we take internships seriously. So we’ve crafted a thoughtful description, posted it in a variety of useful places, and asked all our supporters to share on social media. But there’s nothing as powerful as personal testimony. So here goes:

Hey folks! My name is Katie and I just graduated Harvard. I know, being an intern isn’t always great—lots of busy work, and often little actual experience in the field you’re interested in. But when Charles asked me to help recruit interns, I couldn’t turn him down. I can honestly tell you that interning with Charles a few years ago was an amazing experience. I didn’t feel like an intern, I felt like part of his team.

That’s probably due in part to the small size of his team, but it’s also in large part because of the type of boss Charles is. As his intern, you might be in charge of everything from setting his schedule to helping run presentations to reaching out to contacts yourself. There’s no limit to what the intern can do, it’s just a matter of what you can handle. And that’s the genuinely cool thing about this opportunity: you can grow in your responsibilities as your term progresses. If you’re at all interested in online organizing, you’ll get more experience in this internship than anywhere else.

That’s from Katie, a native of Brooklyn and Russia who worked with me a few years ago.

More recently, I had the pleasure of working with Sam:

My name is Sam and I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin. Like many graduates, I didn’t have that much work experience when I left the bubble of college life and entered the real working world. I had done a few summer and mid-semester internships, but always found these work environments more of an opportunity for observation than contribution. Then I joined Charles. Within the first week, it became abundantly clear that I was not there to sit back and learn passively. Charles genuinely needed me to learn the trade and execute tasks to keep things moving forward. This is what I found so great about my experience interning with Charles- I was finally a contributing member of a team.

As my work progressed, I earned more and more freedoms and would say that I worked with Charles rather than for him. I learned so much so rapidly that around a month with Charles equated the same value for me as all my previous experiences. My daily work was dynamic and I learned tons of new areas of expertise: managing, supporter engagement, reporting, social media, design and more. I became more than an intern, I felt like an asset. So, if you are looking to really improve your skills in online marketing, organizing and writing- take this internship with Charles. But only do so if you really want to learn and work; and when you leave this internship, I promise you will be better prepared to enter the workforce. Your coffee making skills will not improve from this internship, but all of your other ones likely will.

Look, these are personal testimonies from people who have interned with me, Charles Lenchner. I’m going to be the primary supervisor for our Fall interns. So while most interns are focused on the letter of recommendation they get from their supervisors, candidates should be aware that at Organizing 2.0 we think about the letters of recommendation we’ll be getting from you.

If you like our approach – please apply to become our intern!

Organizing 2.0 Fall Internship

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We’re pleased to announce our brand new internship program. Please help us share this posting widely. It’s an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in labor, progressive communications, local politics and digital strategy. (Download flyer here.)

Fall 2013 Internship Open in New York City

Do you support social justice, equality, and other progressive values? Do your friends rely on you for political news and current events? Do you regularly use social media, blogs, and your smartphone to make your voice heard?

Organizing 2.0 is a New York-based organization committed to building power for workers and community organizing groups. We’ve trained over 2000 people in the last three years to harness online tools for organizing – and we want you to join us. [BTW, read what former interns have to say about working with us…]

What’s in it for me?

Our interns will be helping to organize training events, our annual organizing training conference, and using our tools in support of local labor struggles that need us. We’re a lean organization run by volunteers, which means you’ll have plenty of serious responsibilities, if you can handle them. No fetching coffee or photocopying in our office!

The ideal candidate is comfortable with technology, activism and progressive politics. Our ideal candidate wants to make a difference – strengthening labor groups and unions, helping marginalized people organizing from below and progressive political groups fighting for the 99%.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to plan and manage professional events from A to Z
  • Organizing software and tools including Salsa, Bit.ly, Google Analytics, WordPress, Thunderclap and more
  • The makeup of New York’s and America’s progressive movement(s), including labor, community organizing, and
  • progressive infrastructure
  • The basics of online marketing as applied towards social good
  • Nonprofit management skills

What We Require:

  • Knowledge of current events and comfort with social media
  • A passion for progressive political change
  • Highly organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Fearlessness – not afraid to be a bold and outside the box thinker
  • Honesty and integrity in fulfilling your commitments

It Would Be Great If You Could:

  • Use graphics, video editing and web development software
  • Point to previous leadership experience in clubs, student government and community groups

We strongly encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply (PoC, LGBT, Differently Abled, or Undocumented.)

This is a rolling admission – we accept new interns during August and September.

  • Minimum commitment is 15 hours/week, preference for 20-40
  • 12 week minimum
  • Stipends of $500-$1000 a month available (25 hours/week and up)
  • Suitable for school credit in a variety of majors

To apply, click here. No phone calls or emails please.

Organizing 2.0 is a collective of communicators and online organizers working for unions and social justice groups. We run events, trainings, consult and promote uncommon interactions within and between our communities. We cross boundaries between labor, progressives, nonprofits, tech firms, faith communities and techies of all stripes. We are located near Union Square in a co-working facility.

Commitment to Intern Rights. We believe that many internships are exploitative and amount to unpaid slave labor imposed on young people interested in interesting and challenging careers. Our commitment is that you will not be performing the job of a paid staff person, this will be primarily a learning experience, and you will be treated at all times with respect.